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"How to cure a urinary tract infection?"
I recommend that you speak with a primary care physician. A urinary tract infection is a condition that is caused by bacteria that travel from outside of the body up into the bladder. These kinds of infections are most common in women and typically come with symptoms of burning with urination, urinary frequency, pelvic pain, and fevers. If a urinary tract infection is not treated properly, the infection can travel up towards the kidneys and cause flank pain. When this occurs we call this type of infection pyelonephritis. Simple urinary tract infections as are common in young women are usually just treated with antibiotics. Typical antibiotics that are prescribed for urinary tract infections include ciprofloxacin, Bactrim, and Macrobid. Most physicians will want to obtain a urinalysis which is a test used to look for signs of infection in the urine. If this is positive and most doctors will prescribed an antibiotic right away. A urinalysis can be obtained and most doctors offices. One additional test that is usually done his urine culture. This is where a lab allows the bacteria in the urine to grow out into a culture so that it can be identified. This can help select antibiotic if the antibiotic has not yet been chosen or if the patient does not get better for the first antibiotic. Most urinary tract infections are simple enough that they can be treated and diagnosed by a primary care physician. I suggest that you schedule an appointment if you have any of the above symptoms.
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